The Animal Health Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has warned localities to actively stay vigilant as there is a risk of a bird flu outbreak among domestic animals.
The unpredictable weather pattern creates a conducive environment for various kinds of viruses to develop, including bird flu such as A(H5N1), A(H5N6) and A(H7N9), according to the Department.
Currently, one bird flu outbreak has been detected in a flock of ducks in Quynh Hoa commune, Quynh Luu district, in the central province of Nghe An.
Nine foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks have also been recorded in five districts in the provinces of Thanh Hoa, Lai Chau and Quang Binh. They are still in the 21-day quarantine period, the Department said.
The agency urged localities facing a high-risk to strengthen their supervision to detect any outbreak of disease early and also to vaccinate their herds to protect them against the virus that causes foot and mouth disease.
Besides these measures, they also need to enhance monitoring of the transportation of cattle and the management of slaughtering work to minimise the risk of diseases spreading and becoming epidemic.
The Ministry has just launched the year’s first “health and hygene month” campaign from April 15 - May 15 across the nation.